Do you think books are mostly betters than the movies based on them? :)

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Do you think books are mostly betters than the movies based on them? :)

DreamWolf DreamWolf 04/25/2012

Well, I prefer books more, because of the more details, and your imagination can go however you want it! :)

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DreamWolf DreamWolf
Of course I love the movies too, just books are longer, and more detailed... ^^
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Chilipepper Chilipepper
Except for Jaws. The movie was SO much better than the book.
04/25/2012
Sammi Sammi
And Clockwork Orange - I do love that movie more than the book
04/25/2012
namelesschaos namelesschaos
I can't say, never read and then watched the movie version to be honest. Note: I'm not counting comic books in this just pure text literature. If we add comic books I wouldn't say the comic are better just different (and even here I'm only counting direct adaptions of specific comic stories not movies based on the franchise in general.)
04/26/2012
sexystuffeve sexystuffeve
Quote:
Originally posted by DreamWolf
Of course I love the movies too, just books are longer, and more detailed... ^^
I like the books way more then any movie I have ever seen.
04/26/2012
MissCandyland MissCandyland
I think books are mostly better. I read The Hunger Games, and the book was better. But I read Fight Club and the movie was better.
04/26/2012
Geogeo Geogeo
I think it's mostly whichever one I have first, I like more. If I read the book first, I like it more and vise versa. So I always read the book first now.
04/26/2012
ksparkles16 ksparkles16
So far, I've always loved the books better...but that's not to say that the movies are bad or anything.
04/26/2012
Terri69 Terri69
The books are usually always better than the movies.
04/26/2012
Mistress Dragon Mistress Dragon
I think the books are more detailed than the movies. Most of the time they change a lot of the story when it is made into a movie and that changes everything I think.
04/26/2012
Mistress Dragon Mistress Dragon
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Originally posted by sexystuffeve
I like the books way more then any movie I have ever seen.
I so agree with you on this one sexystuffeve
04/26/2012
Annemarie Annemarie
Nothing is "always" or "never," but I'd reckon that it's most of the time that the books are better. Some things just don't translate well.
04/26/2012
Stinkytofu10 Stinkytofu10
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Originally posted by DreamWolf
Of course I love the movies too, just books are longer, and more detailed... ^^
It's about 50-50 for me.
04/26/2012
Master DarkWolf Master DarkWolf
The books are always better, and a good movie is often based on them!
04/26/2012
powerandintent powerandintent
I've never seen a movie that was better than the book. Movies always leave out so much detail or change things that shouldn't be changed.
04/26/2012
humblepie humblepie
The books are not always better, I think. In some cases the movie is just as good but different, like with Coraline. If they had kept it the way it was in the book, with the main character a 5-7 y/o girl, it would have been a totally different film than how they actually made it. The author was an active part of the film-making process, and they aged up Coraline and made some changes to her personality and even added an entirely new character all at his advice! The movie turned out great.

I'm pretty sure the guy who wrote 'Fight Club' said in an interview that the movie turned out far better than his book did, and while I loved the book for 'The Princess Bride' I don't think it can hold a candle to the film adaptation.
04/26/2012
GONE! GONE!
I think it evens out to about half and half. I love books but sometimes a story just works better in a visual format!
04/28/2012
Darklyvan Darklyvan
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Originally posted by DreamWolf
Of course I love the movies too, just books are longer, and more detailed... ^^
the movies can never even touch the books, the only exception I know of would be Stephen King. I prefer the movies of Kings books
04/28/2012
Bex1331 Bex1331
honestly I generally refuse to see the movie version because every time I do I'm disappointed (starting with the first Harry Potter film)
04/28/2012
pasdechat pasdechat
I generally think the books are better, but there are definitely exceptions--I'm not the kind of person who has a knee-jerk reaction against film adaptations. I just saw The Hunger Games, and I have to say, I think the movie is superior to the book--because it's not limited to first-person POV, the movie does a better job of really drawing out all of the implications about the nature of mass entertainment, reality vs. fiction, etc.

Is it really obvious I studied English?
04/28/2012
Arch600 Arch600
Books are mostly better. They usually fill in details the movie doesn't have time to cover, yet activate the imagination. Good books, anyways.

@chilipepper - I have to agree, Jaws is the exception!
04/28/2012
unfulfilled unfulfilled
I'm a reader so I naturally chose books are better. I'm sure there are instances but overall I'm voting books better.
05/06/2012
Interesante Interesante
I think books are almost always better, because movies by their nature and their shortness have to cut out material to fit the time frame of a film. Books can be as long as they want.
05/06/2012
mmmmm mmmmm
books are always better
05/09/2012
Passion plum Passion plum
I would rather watch the movie version first otherwise I'm disappointed in the movie. The book is almost always better.
05/09/2012
BlooJay BlooJay
I don't read much, because I'm a slow reader. I like to watch movies though.
05/10/2012
TransMarc TransMarc
It depends. I've seen movies better than the books, that's especially weird when you hated the book and then love the movie.
05/13/2012
TakeHimAway TakeHimAway
Quote:
Originally posted by DreamWolf
Of course I love the movies too, just books are longer, and more detailed... ^^
Books are always better.
05/18/2012
spineyogurt spineyogurt
The books are always better imo
05/18/2012
beccawalton beccawalton
I dont like to read so i would prefer to wacth a movie
05/19/2012
ThorHah ThorHah
Quote:
Originally posted by DreamWolf
Of course I love the movies too, just books are longer, and more detailed... ^^
It depends. Sometimes they are, sometimes they're not.
12/14/2012
jr2012 jr2012
for some reason, I just LOVE having both, and usually don't compare them too much!
12/15/2012
Mikemanz Mikemanz
some movies stay very close to the books and are nearly the equal of the book
12/15/2012
Missmarc Missmarc
Quote:
Originally posted by DreamWolf
Of course I love the movies too, just books are longer, and more detailed... ^^
The books are always better!
12/15/2012
Cat E. Cat E.
Books are better.
12/15/2012
skeeterlynn skeeterlynn
Books by far
12/15/2012
kdlt kdlt
I always use Blade Runner (and Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?) as my go-to answer example for this question. The movie missed SO MUCH of the deep insightful plot and was just this action-packed ball of lame. I think the books are always better-- but I can appreciate most movies, based on their medium and by realizing that they won't ever live up to the books.
12/16/2012
Winifred Winifred
Yeah, the books just have a lot more room for expressing things.
12/27/2012
evie.amor evie.amor
Quote:
Originally posted by Chilipepper
Except for Jaws. The movie was SO much better than the book.
Jaws was a great movie! I read the book after and was surprised about the sex scenes! :-P
12/27/2012
RedKyuubi RedKyuubi
I normally like the books better
12/27/2012
Anne Anne
I would go with movies because I don't read hardly at all.
12/28/2012
hem hem
I think it really depends on the works! I feel like most of the time, I like the book better, but sometimes the movie outdoes the book or is equally good.
12/28/2012
Cowgirl-Cutie Cowgirl-Cutie
Books are always better but I enjoy both
12/29/2012
AwesomeAmanda AwesomeAmanda
i like the books better because there is always alot more detail and storyline to the books that you just dont have time in a movie. but i love seeing my favorite books come alive with visual effects and faces to the characters.
12/31/2012
Rory Rory
There are some good movies made from books but the books are always better!!
01/02/2013
Septimus Septimus
I generally feel that books are better than the movies that are based off of them, but I'm willing to admit that there are exceptions.
One that comes to mind is The Bridge Over the River Kwai. I love the movie, and I have seen it many times. I could only get through the book once...
01/02/2013
lainebug lainebug
Quote:
Originally posted by DreamWolf
Of course I love the movies too, just books are longer, and more detailed... ^^
Books are better but I do like the movies if they are done right.
01/02/2013
spiced spiced
I voted for books (mostly) but books and movies are two very different media.

It's possible to conjure up images with the written word, but unless someone has an extraordinarily vivid imagination, the experience of reading will seldom, if ever, be as visceral as the experience of watching a well-made movie.

Similarly, films don't do nearly as well as books when it comes to getting inside a character's head, or of telling "the whole story".

Well-written books and well-made movies are both wonderful.
01/12/2013
joiedejouets joiedejouets
Books are usually better, but I am not like super snobby with that, Like I love movies based on books, even if they are like kind of cheesy, I love them.
01/12/2013
chantalgiardina chantalgiardina
Quote:
Originally posted by DreamWolf
Of course I love the movies too, just books are longer, and more detailed... ^^
books are better
01/12/2013
Trysexual Trysexual
I haven't really read enough books that were movies to have a solid opinion, so 50/50 probably. I like movies.
01/12/2013
Leather & Lace Leather & Lace
The books are usually better.
01/12/2013
Experiment Experiment
Quote:
Originally posted by DreamWolf
Of course I love the movies too, just books are longer, and more detailed... ^^
The only book/movie I have first hand experience with where the movie was better than the book was the Godfather.
01/14/2013
Kirill1171 Kirill1171
The books are always better!
01/15/2013
chicmichiw chicmichiw
Books are amazing because it has everything everyone wants to see in them. Not just the readers, the author as well. =)
01/15/2013
Jaimes Jaimes
Quote:
Originally posted by Chilipepper
Except for Jaws. The movie was SO much better than the book.
YES. Have you ever heard the reason Hooper lives in the movie when he dies in the book?

They had amazing footage of a great white attacking a shark cage and destroying it (technically, she was just stuck), but it was empty. So they had to decide whether or not they would ditch the footage and kill him off, or keep the footage and figure out a reason he wasn't inside. I must say, I much prefer the movie.
01/21/2013
Jaimes Jaimes
Quote:
Originally posted by Experiment
The only book/movie I have first hand experience with where the movie was better than the book was the Godfather.
I almost completely agree with you. That movie is in my top 5 of all time, and I felt that it was all the best the book had to offer.

The extra story about Sonny's mistress was irritating, and I'm glad they didn't use it. However, it's only in the book that you get to understand just what a monster Luca Brasi really was. The movie was a bit too subtle in explaining why killing him was no small task. But that is more a fun fact for the book-lovers to enjoy than a criticism of the movie.
01/21/2013
RomanticGoth RomanticGoth
I like the books better.
01/21/2013
srexom srexom
usually I think books are better
01/21/2013
giftdgecko giftdgecko
Quote:
Originally posted by DreamWolf
Of course I love the movies too, just books are longer, and more detailed... ^^
books always have more details, but there is something about watching something that just makes it more real to me
01/21/2013
Raymaker Raymaker
Some movies do outright superceed the books, but it's a semi rarity. Maybe something like 1/20 book-to-film adaptations manage to improve upon source material.
01/23/2013
fizzygato fizzygato
Books are usually better, but sometimes I try reading the book and can't understand it or think it's boring. Then I see the movie and it motivates me to re-try reading the book and I suddenly like the book.
01/24/2013
LovesNewThings LovesNewThings
Quote:
Originally posted by DreamWolf
Of course I love the movies too, just books are longer, and more detailed... ^^
I think it depends on the book and the writer/director for the movie. If they want to stay true to the book, then they hit it head on, if they take creative freedom with the book is usually 100xs better. I can leave out little details that isnt really important to the story when going from book to movie, but when they change who character arches and storylines, I hate it.
01/24/2013
Inkkythesquid Inkkythesquid
books are always better
01/24/2013
meitman meitman
I always enjoy the books more. Sometimes the movies can be just as good, but never better so far.
01/24/2013
ththpup ththpup
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Originally posted by humblepie
The books are not always better, I think. In some cases the movie is just as good but different, like with Coraline. If they had kept it the way it was in the book, with the main character a 5-7 y/o girl, it would have been a totally different film ...
Coraline and The Princess Bride are excellent examples of the movie being better (or at least different but as good as) the book.

One of the biggest examples of the movie being better than the book is The Godfather. In the book, there's this really superfluous section about Johnny Fontaine's life in Vegas and it almost drags the whole work down. The movie, though, was tight, focused, and just about as detailed as the book.
01/25/2013
richsam richsam
Quote:
Originally posted by DreamWolf
Of course I love the movies too, just books are longer, and more detailed... ^^
always better
01/25/2013
rosythorn rosythorn
Almost always, sometimes the movies are better in a different way, like LOTR, I thought was on par with the books. The Hobbit not so much.
01/26/2013
boxunderbed boxunderbed
I generally try to look at a movies as its own separate entity from the book, unless they really screw up. Then I rip it to shreds.
01/26/2013
souviet souviet
Quote:
Originally posted by DreamWolf
Of course I love the movies too, just books are longer, and more detailed... ^^
depends.
01/27/2013
shorejen9 shorejen9
I always feel the books are better. They are more detailed and have more background on the characters usually.
01/27/2013
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